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Philippines tightens Manila lockdown amid 'losing' virus battle

Medical community warns that health care system is 'overwhelmed'

Passengers wearing face masks and maintaining social distancing wait to board a train in Quezon City on July 21.   © Reuters

MANILA -- The Philippine capital will reimpose stricter quarantine restrictions for two weeks beginning Tuesday after the local medical community warned the country is waging a "losing battle" against COVID-19.

President Rodrigo Duterte approved a task force proposal late Sunday to place Metro Manila and nearby provinces under "modified enhanced community quarantine" from Aug. 4 to Aug. 18, presidential spokesperson Harry Roque said.

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